Poll: S.C. Republicans Still Doubt Obama's Birthplace, Religion
Almost 75 percent say the President is "socialist"
South Carolina Republicans expressed their concerns about President Barack Obama's religion, birthplace and political beliefs in a Winthrop University poll released Tuesday.
The poll, which surveyed Republicans who are planning to vote in the South Carolina presidential primary, found that 74.7 percent of respondents thought the term "socialist" described President Obama either well or very well.
Almost 30 percent of those surveyed said they believed that Obama was a Muslim. Obama maintains that he is a practicing Christian.
Also, despite the release of a long-form birth certificate that showed President Obama was born in Hawaii, 36 percent of those polled believe that the President was probably or definitely born outside of the United States. In April, before the birth certificate was released, 41 percent doubted Obama's American birth.
The survey found that 40 percent of respondents approved of Obama's performance as President while 50.7 percent disapproved.
The survey also found that Texas Gov. Rick Perry held a slim lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and that 70 percent of Republicans surveyed approved of Gov. Nikki Haley's performance thus far.